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Office workers waste more time on slow tech than they spend on holiday

The average UK office worker wastes at least 21 days each year due to slow or inefficient technology – longer than many people’s paid annual leave – according to new research by Sharp.

Office workers spend seven minutes daily waiting for the printer to warm up
Office workers spend seven minutes daily waiting for the printer to warm up

The biggest time waster reported was searching for files on a server, taking up 23 minutes per day thanks to poor search tools. Others include using the printer, with seven minutes spent daily waiting for it to warm up and nearly ten minutes waiting for pages to come out.

The survey of over 1,000 UK office workers found that this adds up to almost 40 minutes wasted per employee per day, the equivalent of 167 hours or four weeks of dead time every year.

Almost 80% of respondents said that their workplace is out of date when it comes to technology and nearly two thirds (64%) said they’d be more productive if their office had better technology.

Stuart Sykes, Managing Director, Sharp UK, commented: “Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and help us to work faster, however, in the real world, out-of-date technology and technology that is hard to use often slows people down, forcing them to waste time

“This dead time can mean lost opportunities, lost profits and even lost employees. Businesses must wake up to the importance of connected technologies that work in sync with their employees’ changing needs and allow them to get the best out of their team, as well as making for a more motivated, more productive workplace.”

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